Social Media and Communities

CBS Corporation has acquired Last.fm, a global, community-based, music discovery network.

Posted Jun 01, 2007

OK, let’s start out by acknowledging that Web 2.0 is so last week—or, in the parlance of Wired magazine, “expired.” Guess if I were really wired, I’d be writing about Web 4.3 or something. That said, I still find it intriguing to think about how collaborative technologies have had an impact on how we interact.

Posted Jun 01, 2007

LinkedIn Corporation, a professional network, has announced LinkedIn for Good, a philanthropic initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations around the world.

Posted May 29, 2007

Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), established by the four co-founding engineers of internet telephony software company Skype, will acquire a stake as part of a Series A funding round in 3D social networking company Frenzoo.

Posted May 29, 2007

MySpace has reached an accord with eight U.S. state attorneys general and has worked out a legal mechanism to hand over information on convicted sex offenders found on its service.

Posted May 25, 2007

Haystack.com has launched a new, free, online community built specifically with fair compensation to the artist at its foundation.

Posted May 15, 2007

Jive Software has launched Clearspace X, a special edition of Clearspace for companies interested in creating productive and engaging online communities for their customers and partners.

Posted May 15, 2007

Reality Digital has announced an open API version of the Reality Digital Opus platform for video management and social networking.

Posted May 11, 2007

introNetworks Inc., a technology company that creates online communities for professionals, has announced it has closed a Series A funding round of $2.7 million.

Posted May 08, 2007

Generation C is the "You" in YouTube, the "My" in MySpace, and the "i" in iPod. They're you (and me), and they're shaking up the way people make, think about, and use digital content. Get to know them, and get to know how to connect with their content expectations.

Posted May 01, 2007

YouTube, social networking sites like MySpace, and the internet in general have become significant factors that must be taken into account by any political campaign with designs on electoral success. TechPresident is a blog that was created in early 2007 with the aim of covering the web’s effect on the 2008 presidential campaign.

Posted May 01, 2007

Business in the virtual world got very serious, very quickly in 2006. There have been a lot of false starts over the years. The massively multi-player gaming worlds like EverQuest and the eight-million strong World of Warcraft were always fascinating phenomena for their niche audiences, but they only made money for Sony and Blizzard/Vivendi, respectively, not for anyone else. Several things changed last year, however.

Posted Apr 26, 2007

Over time, a rift has grown between those who use the internet to expand their sense of community and those who devalue the internet’s ability to foster a sense of community at all.

Posted Apr 24, 2007

LiveWorld Inc., an online social networking and community agency, has announced LiveWorld Video, a service for companies to create a community, through user-generated videos submitted directly to their company’s web sites.

Posted Apr 20, 2007

News Corp.'s MySpace social network is currently testing a service that scours the web for news stories and lets users rate them, aiming to attract more advertisers.

Posted Apr 20, 2007

In the wake of the Kathy Sierra incident—in which a female technology blogger received misogynistic hate comments on her Creating Passionate Users blog, and elsewhere on the internet, that eventually escalated to death threats—publisher Tim O'Reilly has proposed a blogger code of conduct to address issues of incivility, misogyny, and racism in blogs.

Posted Apr 18, 2007

Sometimes my personal interests coincide with my professional life. Not often, thank goodness, or I’d probably spend my days working as a reference librarian in Second Life (otherwise known as The New Crack).

Posted Apr 06, 2007

FunkySexyCool, a mobile social networking community, is using Bango's global mobile web platform to capture the global market.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

Topix, a news community on the web, has unveiled a new site that gives its community of millions the power to find, report, and edit local news.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

FreePint, an online community of 70,000 practitioners around the world who find, use, manage, and share work-related information, has announced it will provide portfolios of product reviews, news analysis, and user feedback in its Company Portfolio Series, published under FreePint FUMSI Reports.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

Involving the users, and integrating their content, requires deeper engagement and the right tools. Building and improving social networks to meet the needs of diverse communities is no small task. Fortunately, the maturing of technology and business models has spawned a new generation of enablers to help get users to join in.

Posted Mar 30, 2007

KickApps Corporation has launched KickApps Version 2.0, a hosted platform designed to add social media experiences to any website.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

News Corporation and NBC Universal will launch an internet video distribution network with content from television and film.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Industrious Kid, creator of ‘tween social-networking site Imbee.com, has attracted an investment from Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Congoo, a free information network, has launched News Circles, a platform where users can select from hundreds of news categories to build and share custom news portals.

Posted Mar 23, 2007

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